Paul Henry

An Irish portrait : the autobiography of Paul Henry

B.T. Batsford

Londres, 1988

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An Irish portrait : the autobiography of Paul Henry, R.H.A. / Paul Henry ; with a foreword by Sean O'Faolain. - Londres : B.T. Batsford, 1988. - XI-116 p.-[12] p. de pl. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN 0713458747

MARIE BOURKE : Paul Henry (1876-1958) was born in Belfast where he attended the local college of art for a year before travelling to Paris about 1898. In Paris he studied first at The Académie Julian then at Whistler's Académie Carmen.


In 1903 he married the Scottish painter Grace Mitchell […]. Friends of the Henrys had spent their honeymoon on Achill island and they enthused about it so much that the Henrys decided to go and see for themselves. The Henrys first visited Achill in the summer of 1910 and stayed for a year. In 1912 they settled in Achill, remaining until late 1919. It was there that Paul Henry's long attachment to the west of Ireland began. During this Achill period his works tended to be scenes of peasant life, while from 1920 onward his pictures wre mostly landscapes without figures.


Henry, largely single-handed, founded a type of Irish landscape painting, as a result of which many people still see the west through his eyes. When Henry painted these scenes they were very modern and he became an influential figure in encouraging an interest in Modernism.


He lost his sight in 1945 yet still managed to write two autobiographies, An irish portrait  and Further reminiscences [Blackstaff press, Belfast, 1973].

The Irish landscape through the eyes of the painter, pp. 141-142

  • « An Irish portrait : the autobiography of Paul Henry, R.H.A. » with a foreword by Sean O'Faolain, Londres : B.T. Batsford, 1951
  • « Further reminiscences », Belfast : Blackstaff press / The arts council of Northern Ireland, 1973
  • S.B. Kennedy, « Paul Henry », New Haven : Yale university press, 2000
  • S.B. Kennedy, « Paul Henry » with an essay by Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch, New Haven : Yale university press, 2003

mise-à-jour : 28 février 2007
Paul Henry : Blasket island